What constitutes 'self-plagiarism'?
Last month, Nature News blog reported on an emminent chemist who was investigated for 'self-plagiarism' or duplicate publication. Apparently a number of paragraphs were almost identical in a number of papers he published. The most recent paper, published in Journal of the American Chemical Association, has since been retracted with the statement: "This article was removed by the publisher due to possible copyright concerns. The Journal’s Editor is following established procedure to determine whether a violation of ACS Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research has occurred."
Read the Nature news item and comments from readers here. What are your views on self-plagiarism? Let us know in the comments below.
UPDATE: here is the latest on this from Retraction Watch.